Almost 20 years are gone since the first film of the series, Wrong Turn (2003), shacked the horror scene with its wicked story and gruesome characters. To be fair, nothing new was on the table, since the plot, situations, and fucked up outcast family structures were hard influenced by the events exploited in classic films like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) or The Hills Have Eyes (1977). In that first movie, a group of five friends is left stranded deep in the middle of the woods after their cars collide. As they venture deeper into the woods, they face an uncertain and bloodcurdling fate.
The movie was not the biggest financial success, but it grew a big horde of followers that lead the filmmakers to develop one of the most long-lived horror franchises of the new century. After 5 sequels, being Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014) the latest one to date, the producers in Constantin Film and The H Collective decided it was the time for a series reboot. And there is where we are now, Wrong Turn 7: The Foundation, or as it’s finally called Wrong Turn (2021), is finally out.
The new movie centers on a group of friends hiking the Appalachian Trail only to find themselves confronted by ‘The Foundation’, a community of people who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years.
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are rerouted or modified. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy describes the Appalachian Trail as the longest hiking-only trail in the world. More than 2 million people are said to take a hike on part of the trail at least once each year. A nice well-chosen placing, full of unknown areas, which is a good choice for a murderous collective to carry on with their atrocious activities, I must say.
Alan B. McElroy, the creator of the series that besides Wrong Turn (2003) has also been the writer of other popular horror and action movies like Spawn (1997), Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever (2002), Tekken (2010), or Fractured (2019), has been in charge of the screenplay for the reboot. Mike P. Nelson, responsible for The Domestics (2018), has been the director of the movie.
Veteran actor Matthew Modine, known mostly for his award-winner war dramas Streamers (1983), Birdy (1984), or Full Metal Jacket (1987), but also star in Cutthroat Island (1995), Transporter 2 (2005), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), and 47 Meters Down (2017), plays the main role in Wrong Turn (2021). Together with him, Emma Dumont, Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Bill Sage, Valerie Jane Parker, Adain Bradley, and Tim DeZarn form the main cast.
Wrong Turn (2021) was originally scheduled to release in 2020. However, the film was pushed to 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 16, 2020, it was announced that the film would premiere in American theaters for one night only on January 26, 2021. The movie was well received by the audience that praised how the filmmakers managed to add new things to the saga yet staying true to the original film. The movie is Rated R for strong bloody violence, grisly images, and pervasive language.
Wrong Turn (2021) will come out online on February 26, 2021. Here you can watch its trailer.
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